Apple is extending spatial audio support to macOS and tvOS. The feature works with the company’s high-end AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, using the devices’ built-in accelerometers and gyroscopes to create a 3D audio effect that tracks the listener’s head movements.
Apple initially announced spatial audio for the AirPods Pro last year and impressed us with the immersive quality of the feature. At this year’s WWDC, the company expanded spatial audio support to Apple Music and FaceTime calls.
According to a press release from Apple, spatial audio for macOS only works with the AirPods Pro and Max on Macs running the company’s latest M1 chip and the macOS Monterey operating system. During this week’s WWDC presentation, Apple said spatial audio would be released on tvOS sometime “this fall,” which would provide a “full surround experience” and “dynamic head tracking.”
Some outlets report that spatial audio on tvOS only works with the Apple TV 4K, and it’s not clear which apps on the Apple TV will support the feature. Or when spatial audio support through other headphones will be available on both platforms. We’ve reached out to Apple for more information and will update this story if we hear anything.